Chapter Eight: Promoting Good Health for Children

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  • Chapter Eight: Promoting Good Health for Children

  • Health PoliciesHelp manage risk to good physical and mental healthShould be developed and directed for children and staffPromote healthy practicesLay the foundation for child care health

  • Designing a Health PolicyEstablish a process (What process will be followed?)Assign responsibility (Who is responsible for making sure process is followed?)Offer guidance for action (What needs to be done? Are there any time parameters for limitations?)

  • Providing High Quality Child CareGoal One Maximizing health status of childrenGoal Two Minimizing risk to health, safety, and well-being of childrenGoal Three Using education as a tool to promote health and reduce riskGoal Four Recognizing the importance of guidelines

  • Childrens Health RecordsIncludeHealth history and updatesImmunization recordsInjury reportsAssessment and screening results

  • Medication log and permissionHealth communication historyReports of illness in careGrowth chart

  • Staff HealthHealth History includesName, etc. and physicians namePre-employment examImmunization recordsTB test resultsHearing and vision screening

  • Maintaining Staff HealthExposure to infectious diseasesStressRisk for back injuryPotential exposure to environmental hazards

  • Providing a Mentally Healthy EnvironmentCheck to make sure that your careEstablishes a good relationship with parentsRespect and mutual communicationResponds with consistency, predictability, and regularity

  • Establishes daily routine = securityProvides support and emotional assurance for childAttentionAffection RespectMutual communication

  • Helps children to express and identify emotionsRedirects anger and aggression through play and discussionProvides quiet area so child can be away from stimulation

  • Values each childs uniqueness, including culturePromotes responsive caregiving Is flexible and reasonable in expectations

  • Promoting Good HealthHealth PoliciesHelp manage risk to good physical and mental healthShould be developed and directed for children and staffPromote healthy practicesLay the foundation for child care health

  • Designing a Health PolicyHealth PoliciesEstablish a process (What process will be followed?)Assign responsibility (Who is responsible for making sure process is followed?)Offer guidance for action (What needs to be done? Are there any time parameters for limitations?)

  • Implications for CaregiversRole ModelingExhibits knowledge and practice of healthy behaviorCultural SensitivityEducation

  • Reality Check:The Resilient ChildVulnerable childGenetic abnormalitiesMalnutrition Preterm birth Prenatal stressDrug exposure Temperament

  • Have more difficulty adapting Parent may have more difficult time coping and attachingInsecurely attached children may be more vulnerable due toPovertyAbandonment Chaotic living environment

  • Resilient childOften first bornSecurely attachedHas high intelligence level

  • More likely to form close relationships that are trustingHave positive qualities from both sexesOutgoingAutonomousNurturing Emotionally sensitive

  • Caregivers RoleVulnerable childExtra support Responsive and stimulating careResilient childSecure attachmentCheerleader support

  • Reality Check:Secondhand SmokeCan lead toRespiratory diseases (asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, and allergies)Middle-ear infectionsSIDSVitamin C deficiencyBehavioral problems